Seattle, Tacoma among worst traffic congestion in US, INRIX reports

Los Angeles traffic stats found that drivers spent 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak hours, according to the traffic study by Inrix.

Angelenos spent an average of 102 hours past year in traffic jams during peak congestion hours, costing drivers $2,828 each and the city $19.2 billion from direct and indirect costs.

According to INRIX's 11th annual report, Los Angeles was ranked No. 1 for gridlock, followed by Moscow and NY. However, San Francisco highways fare better in the peak period than Seattle, Boston, Portland, Los Angeles and six other cities.

While Cincinnati was ranked 39 in the United States for congestion problems, Dayton was 170. Drivers along that stretch wasted an average of 55 hours in 2017.

This takes into account direct costs such as wasted fuel and time as well as indirect consequences including higher prices for household goods due to increased freighting fees being passed on to consumers.

1, along with No. 2, 8 and 10 when it comes to the most traffic-congested urban areas.

From New York, to Paris, to Manila, commuters spend hundreds of hours sitting in traffic, with the United States alone spending almost $300 billion yearly in traffic-related costs. The city was 10th previous year. In Los Angeles, drivers spent an average of 102 hours in traffic jams a year ago, costing drivers $2,828 each in direct and indirect costs.

In Europe, after Moscow, London has 74 hours of congestion per driver in second with Paris third with 69.

Manchester, Birmingham, Luton and Edinburgh rounded out the country's five most gridlocked cities, although none of them came close to London's level of congestion.

In Dallas, INRIX noted that 18 miles of new TEXpress Lanes opened in May 2017 on the Interstate 35E corridor that connects Dallas and Denton counties. Los Angeles was followed by New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta and Miami in the USA list. However, a few spots were able to improve their traffic levels.

  • Anthony Vega